Ok, I know there are a lot of smarter folks on here than me who obviously have been successful but this is for the folks who are thinking of quitting their jobs and giving it a shot. Wanted to give them some advice and you folks feel free to add to it. 1) Very important!! Make *** sure that your area can support you! I can not emphasize this enough. If you live in a small area with a per capital income of 13 grand, every city, county employ, firefighter, cop,(no offense to you county employs who do this, but Im serious,just about every govt. employ here has gotten into it and doing it cheap) crook, teacher, has gone into it, do not bother, you will starve because the market value has been pushed down to 1970 wages. Also every big bank, chamber of commerce, college, board of ed has a son/uncle/cousin/ that has gone into it you will never get your foot in the door. 2) Get the contracts!! Most folks on here figure so many cuts per year then divide it by 12 is great, the heck with the per cuts, you will starve. Here when it gets November 90% of my cleints tell me not to come back untill spring then 60% dont come back, hire someone else, buy their own mowers. Get the contracts and save yourself this nightmare. 3) Do Not, I repeat, do not buy more euipment than you have accounts to feed them! Do not finance it, if you cant buy it, you dont need it nor have enough accounts to justify it. 4) Dont sale yourself short, you know what you have to have to make it. If you dont know, go to work for someone else until you do know. If you cant figure what you need to profit then keep your old job. 5) Do not put all your eggs in one account. When you lose it, it is a killer, and I know this one very well. When you lose one that is half your income will destroy you. I had no choice, take what you can get and kept this one for 9 years. Once again, I can not put enough emphasize on number 1 and 2. I have been doing this for 9 years and I am back down to 10 accounts in 3 dang counties! LCO are a dime a dozen here and no one gives a rats a$$ if you are insured, licensed or what kind of person you are or equipment you have. It has to be cheap and you better be sleeping with someone or kin to get any commercial accounts. Im sure I will think of more but these are lessons learned very well. Man, does Blackshear and Waycross *** **** suck! The happiest day of my life well be when I leave the heck out of here and tommorow aint soon enough. Good luck to all you and I hope you get filthy rich at this!! I challenge anyone on LS to come here and give it a shot, expecially the dollar a minute crowd. Try .20 a minute if you are lucky.